The UAE Space Agency has officially launched its social media platforms in line with the country's 43rd National Day celebrations.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google + will all be regularly utilised by the Agency to keep followers, fans and members of the general public informed on the UAE's space exploration programmes.
Director General of the UAE Space Agency, Dr Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi, commented: "National Day provides us with an annual opportunity to look back at the achievements that have been made and look forward with ambition and hope. The UAE Space Agency is proud to launch its social media platforms on this special day, recognising the importance of communication, dialogue and cooperation in realising our dreams.
"Our projects have begun and we want to keep the public and the youth updated on the progress that is being made. The UAE youth are the backbone of the nation, the key to our future and are ranked highest for having a sense of optimism about the future of their country. It is part of our mission to inspire young people and prepare them for the future, taking on board their creativity and national pride that will serve our country. We want to communicate with them all about opportunities that exist for space exploration and invite them to join us in engaging ideas and working together to succeed with our plans." The UAE Space Agency was established by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in July 2014. Once the Agency was established the Mission to Mars was announced, which will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the UAE's formation.